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22 Former Instant Internet Celebs [Videos]

Watch out, Hollywood. With the progression of time, the digitalization of media, and reality TV takeover, the idea of "celebrity" has, well, broadened. From the comfort of your home, you too can become of public interest, arousing social fascination, whether it's via YouTube, Instagram, Vine, or even Twitter. It's the truth—the internet breeds stars, even if it's for 15 minutes of fame.

Continue clicking for good laughs and a blast from the past with our 22 former instant internet celebs.

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Sophia Grace Rosie (and her mute sidekick)

Nothing warms our heart more than is young girls love for Ms. Minaj. Check out those pipes. She's a born natural or the "second Nicki Minaj" as she would exclaim.

Antoine Dodson

Dodson made us check the locks twice at night with his recap of the situation that happened in his home.

Awkward Black Girl Webseries by Issa Rae
Rae tapped into a character that had never been addressed before and this web series is an absolute hit.

Keenan Cahill

Lip synching has never been more entertaining.

Bon Qui Qui

Our perceptions of Burger King have forever been changed since this viral video dropped.

William Hung

This awkward American Idol contestant became an overnight sensation, instantly - and not for his voice.

Tom from Myspace

At one point in life, just about everyone was friends with Tom Anderson. Me, you, yo mama and yo cousin, too... and 36 million others. Pioneering the trend of social networking services, we are all familiar with the white guy in a white t-shirt.

Rebecca Black

The only way to celebrate the beginning of the weekend is this suburban teen's corny but catchy tune.

Kat Stacks

Known as the rap groupie who put World Star Hip Hop on the map, the promiscuous lady put the "ho" in social media honey.

Emmanuel and Phillip Hudson
Not too sure if a chick is ratchet or not? Listen to this tune and be the judge.

Gunnar Stansson "Unforgivable" (NSFW)

The profanity used in these videos are sometimes too much. So much so, that the guy in front of the camera also breaks out of character to take a moment to laugh.

Kreayshawn

This creative wild child from the Bay has a fascination with "one big room full of bad bitches."

Spoken Reasons

This young comedian got his start on YouTube with his beyond hilarious posts.

Sweet Brown

While Mrs. Brown might not have the time, we surely (even Jay Z) do to watch this lady carry on about the fire that gave her bronchitis.

T Baby

Detriot-native, T Baby, spills the tea on just exactly how cold it is in the D.

Lil Terio

All we have to say is, "Ooh, kill em!"

Ice JJ Fish

If you're having a bad day, please watch this kid. We guarantee you will be in stitches.

Chris Crocker

Uncensored, no holds barred, Crocker outspokenness about Britney Spears is forever etched in our minds.

Gangnam Style

An international sensation that swept the globe by storm, this became an absolute trending topic. We might not comprehend what they're saying but the dance is kind of dope, don't you agree?

Soulja Girl

After watching this video we were a bit weary of taking public transportation, but we can't lie this was funny. Acting a plum fool on the Marta this troubled girl was clearly inspired by the dance raps curated by Soulja Boy.

Buffie The Body

Known for her plump postière, this southern belle has flaunted her assets in several music videos and magazines. Take notes ladies!

Andy Milonakis

Getting his start on YouTube this comedian has gone on to create and star in his own MTV and MTV2 show.

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Miss Peppermint started as a staple in the New York nightlife scene, and after appearing as a contestant on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, she’s continued to make a name for herself.

Outside of the show, she's traveled the world and is hoping to release her third album, which she hints will be influenced by the '90s, R&B, and neo-soul. She's also planning on re-releasing her debut album, Hardcore Glamour, for its 10-year anniversary.

"I'll be doing a lot in New York this year for World Pride," she explains to Boss Talk's host, J'na Jefferson. Pride takes place throughout June. "The last album I dropped was 2017... I'm excited about that, I'm writing it now. It's just poems, but I'm excited."

Peppermint, who was the first openly transgender contestant on the Emmy Award-winning show, was also the first transgender woman to originate a principal role on Broadway for her role as Pythio in Head Over Heels. 

 

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"On paper, it shouldn't make sense... it's hard to explain what it is," she says of the musical, which combined a loose adaptation of 16th-century piece The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia with the music of the new wave group, The Go-Go's. It closed in late-2018.

"The better way to explain it now that it's over and closed is 'a revolutionary show about dismantling the patriarchy...'" she says about Head Over Heels. "I knew that they wanted to cast a trans actor... I wanted to put as much as I could into it, and try to do our non-binary siblings well and proud... [the show] became something I really believed in."

Peppermint continues to share her love of performing all over the world and is also an activist, who aims to promote the importance of LGBTQIA representation and advancement. She has worked and supported organizations such as The Point Foundation, which aims to help LGBTQIA students attend college. 

"People are just starting to catch on that having queer voices is essential and inevitable," she says of further representation of LGBTQIA individuals in media and entertainment. She praises Pose creator Ryan Murphy for showcasing trans people of color both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes.

"Giving [trans people] the power to speak for themselves, rather than slapping the community with stereotypes or archetypes... we're past that," she continues. "We're not in the phase where they're feeling comfortable to be who they are, but I think we're getting close."

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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

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All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

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"I think the reason why—no I know the reason why—I've been doing this for such a long time is that I fight," Fox said. "When we did Two Can Play That Game, I fought for the way we talked, walked, the way we loved each other." The Set It Off actress continued to state that she consistently declined Two Can Play That Game before signing on to play the lead role. "Because the script, when I first got it, I turned it down three times because it just wasn't a good representation of African-Americans, so I fought them on everything," she noted. "I want to make sure that the images of African-Americans are as positive and as true as they can possibly be."

In 2001, the romantic comedy debuted to fanfare, boasting an all-star cast of Morris Chestnut, Mo'Nique, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Brown, Gabrielle Union, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and more. Directed by Mark Brown (Barbershop, Iverson, How To Be A Player), Fox plays a career driven person named Shante Smith who navigates a curveball when her boyfriend Keith Fenton (Chestnut) cheats on her with a co-worker.

After its release, Two Can Play That Game raked in over $22 million at the box office.

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